Creating elearning: Storyline explainer 8 of 8

Final checks and exporting the project.

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Final checks and export options.


Name of explainer: Final checks and export options

Creative theme: Creating elearning

Software used: Articulate Storyline


This is explainer 8 of 8 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Create and save a Storyline project
  2. Create a title slide using text and images
  3. Add an interactive button and preview the project
  4. Embed a YouTube video and publish the project
  5. Add text-to-speech narration and timed animation
  6. Embed an interactive 3d object and import music
  7. Add quiz question slides and a results slide
  8. Final checks and export options

The Software

This series of explainers uses Articulate Storyline, one of the most popular elearning content creation tools. It’s part of a suite of programs called ‘Articulate 360’ which also includes RISE (a tool for rapid content creation) and the online review and commenting platform Review 360.

You can download a free 30 day demo of Articulate Storyline from Articulate’s website. This gives you access to a fully-functioning copy of Storyline (though with a reduced asset library of characters, photos and icons).

Over the course of these eight explainers we’re using Storyline to create a simple elearning package including buttons, video and 3d object interactions, before going on to add quiz questions and a results slide and exporting the package for use on the web.

The finished product

This is how our final Storyline project looks at the end of this explainer series. Welcome to an introduction to Immersive Technologies!

Note the version created in the explainers also includes a menu students can navigate. This is switched off in the version above. All embedded videos / animations were tested as working when this page was last updated.

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE workflow explainer series. Ideally you’ll already be familiar with simple text and image editing.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install Storyline’ or speak with someone familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

It’s good practice to leave some time at the end of your project to review your product properly and check for issues including poorly named slides or scenes and any non-working buttons or other interaction issues. Ideally, ask another person or team to check it over as you’re likely ‘too close’ to your work to notice minor errors.

Storyline offers more export options than you might expect, including publishing to a USB stick and even creating handout documents in Microsoft Word format.

Let’s do it!

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Good to know

Our Immersive Technology elearning package is complete!

Where to next?

We’ve focused on Storyline’s essential functionality for this series. You’ll also need to become familiar with the following to take your project to the next level:

LAYERS are used to display assets ‘on top of’ the current slide (including text / images etc) when a specific condition is met. You may have noticed our RESULTS SLIDE uses different layers to display a ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ message depending on the student score. Here’s the SUCCESS layer:

…and here’s the FAILURE layer:

Discover more about Storyline layers.

STATES can be applied to most assets to change how they look based on the current user interaction. For example, our ENTER button on the first slide has the following states automatically applied:

Though the colour difference is subtle, you can see that when the user hovers their mouse over the button it adopts a lighter blue colour. You can edit all these states or delete them if you don’t need them. Be careful not to over-use colour states as it can be distracting to users when colours ‘flash’ unnecessarily. As always, a balance must be struck between improving your project visuals and ensuring accessibility stays high.

Discover more about Storyline states

VARIABLES are used to store information. As your project develops you are likely to need to use them. Variables can store anything from a student name to the number of times a quiz has been attempted. When we added the quiz questions and results slide, Storyline automatically created the variables Results1.ScorePoints and Results1.PassPoints as shown below, to determine whether to show the SUCCESS or the FAILURE layer:

Discover more about Storyline variables.

We wish you every success developing awesome elearning using Storyline!

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in April 2022. This page was last updated in April 2022.

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This is number 8 of 8 explainer videos in this series, which is now complete. Make sure you check out the others!